Jon's Blog on Visual Matters

Viking Re-Enactment at Hordamuseet in Bergen

I made a visit to the Hordamuseet outside Bergen in Norway in May 2013.  It's a museum featuring traditional Norwegian housing, boats, tools and textiles.

On this particular day a local group of sword fighters were doing a combat re-enactment of viking sword play, ending with a 'charge' towards the excited audience.

I suspect the group is more interested in combat than historically realistic costumes, as you can see several markings and protective gear of clearly modern origin.